If you’re a fan of baseball, … that’s just a great game to watch.
I‘m just the catcher guy, so I have no control over how much I’m going to play. But I like to play a lot, so I’ll be ready to play a lot.
I need to start swinging the bat like I’m capable of but haven’t all year. It’s frustrating, but those past however many months are behind us.
He used all his stuff on both sides of the plate. We had a good game yesterday. We didn’t swing the bats well today.
He doesn’t act like he’s 22, … I think the one thing about him is every time he goes out there, he’s going to get better and better. He was thrown right into a role, and he’s done an unbelievable job. He doesn’t let anything faze him.
You send any one of us out there against anybody and I like our chances. It’s not just the guys at the so-called top of the rotation. It’s everybody.
When you go through a streak like that, you start doubting yourself. You start changing your game plan and start to be a little too tentative. You stop being aggressive in the strike zone. You start trying to make perfect pitches on the black and fall behind on the count.
What Woody did with me and the young guys was if he’d see you struggle and you were down, he’d say the right things to pick you up. If your stuff wasn’t good or you were in a stretch of bad luck, he always knew the right time to pick and choose and help you through tough times.
To get to the World Series and the NLCS, you have to have a balanced team. That’s just not the rotation; it’s the bullpen as well.
In Atlanta, the fifth guy was always a younger guy who would get skipped. It didn’t provide that guy the consistency he needed. Here, the last two years you knew no matter who got the ball, you had a better than average chance to win a game. It made it a lot more fun sitting on the bench watching somebody else pitch. I think they felt the same way. We care about how each other does. There’s no segregation.